Raptors at Bucks: Game-day Dino-bytes
Our post-shootaround look at tonight’s Raptors game.
TORONTO (1-1) at MILWUAKEE (1-1)
TIPOFF: 8:30 p.m.
TV: TSN; RADIO: Sportsnet FAN590
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas; Milwaukee: O.J. Mayo, Gary Neal, Khris Middleton, Caron Butler, Larry Sanders.
Valanciunas vs. Sanders
Coming off a tough outing against Atlanta on Friday night, Valanciunas gets to face one of the league’s premier interior defenders in Sanders, who was second in the NBA in blocked shots last season.
One thing Valanciunas might be able to do is sneak in for offensive rebounds if Sanders leaves him to go block shots.
What happened this morning
Both teams played Friday night so there were no shootarounds, which was good after a 5 a.m. wakeup call and a 8:30 a.m. flight – delayed, of course – because who wants to go to an arena after that?
Who’s in and out?
Not sure for the Bucks, who played Friday night without guards Brandon Knight (hamstring) and Luke Ridnour (back). They are to be re-examined today and are listed as doubtful on the last information we got from the Bucks.
If they can’t go, rookie Nate Wolters will get some more time at point guard.
Who’s in charge?
Jason Phillips, Josh Tiven and James Williams will be toting the whistles tonight.
Esoteric stat of the day?
Steve Novak, of Brown Deer, Wisconsin, is Marquette’s all-time leader in three pointers with 354 in his four-year career at the Milwaukee university.
To say the Bucks have the Raptors number is an under-statement.
Milwaukee has won the last 10 game between the teams; the last time Toronto won in Milwaukee was Nov. 1, 2008.
Toronto will be playing its third game against a team with a new coach.
Brad Stevens (Boston), Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta) and Larry Drew (Milwaukee) will have all debuted against the Raptors.
Those zany PR guys
This is pulled directly from the Bucks game notes:
The team PR staffs have initiated a travelling trophy for the always competitive series between the two squads. The winning team’s PR staff will proudly hold the sheet music to Gordon Lightfoot’s The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald as a prise for their team’s victory, which will only be surrendered should they lose the next game in the series. The Bucks PR staff proudly holds the trophy to the 1976 ballad written by the Orillia, ON, native that reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard charts and No. 1 in Canada.